Employee injury settlement fraud by Karen Clark, Michael Park or Gary Triestman
Date First Reported: March 2011
Primary Name Associated: Gary Triestman
Description of Potential Fraud:
Over the last several months we have seen this fraud a few times, and several times in the last 2 days. It is a simple bad cheque fraud (see this post for an explanation of how this type of fraud works) and involves the supposed payment of a settlement due to an injury at work from an employer to employee. Versions have come from people purporting to be Karen L. Clark, Gary Triestman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Michael Park (email@example.com).
The text of the initial contact message by Karen Clark appears here:
To: (blank as bcc’d to many people)
From: Karen Clark – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: March-28-11 9:23 AM
Subject: Dear Counsel
I am seeking legal representation from your law firm regarding a breach of Settlement agreement with my former employer due to the injury I sustained while working for them. I need proper legal advice and assistance to know the best way to handle this issue. If this is your area of practice, please contact me to provide you with further Information.
A lawyer who asked for details on the matter got this response:
Good day to you and thanks for responding to my email. Please pardon my late email response as my condition does not allow me to stay long on the computer and sometimes pick the telephone. It is a little bit difficult to Gage the best time to reach you vice versa as I am currently now in Japan. We are 13-14 hours ahead of you.
Let me enlighten you a little bit about the incident, I was on official duty going about my cleaning duties when one of our official trucks going out for delivery hit me while reversing right inside the Warehouse Premises, this happened on the 12th of February 2009 inside our company’s Warehouse.There have not been any attorney working on this case before I entered a settlement agreement and General release with my former employers for $395,000.00USD because the accident lead to permanent disability as in my case have severe waist pain and can’t stand for long anymore. I got paid $35,000.00USD-in two installment payment of $70,000.00USD before I left Canada but have not received any payment since my departure to Japan.
Different payment dates have been promised and I still have not received anything. Advice from my solicitor in Japan was to seek legal assistance in Canada which is why I contacted you to act as my counsel and receive funds on my behalf. I will like to know what your fees would be in order for me to inform the company to expect contact from you as you have been authorized to act on my behalf and receive said funds or make contact with your firm. I would like your legal expertise in this matter on a contingency basis if that is acceptable.
Please do get back to me so I can furnish you with the required details to contact my former employer and receive my entitlements on my behalf as I know these companies respect law firms and do not want to be carried to court. Before we proceed I will like you to forward your fee/retainer agreement for me to review and if okay, sign and return for you to begin work.
My last contact with my former employer, I was told I would receive payment not later than Mid May 2010, I would like to forward your details to them on your approval, so they know a law firm is representing me and I can sue for breach of agreement if they don’t keep their promise. I would like to give them this last chance to fulfill their obligations because they were very nice to me, before we start legal proceeding.
Thank you for your anticipated co-operation and understanding. Contact me should you require more information. I have attached here a copy of the agreement for your information. My former employer is (Abbott Laboratories).
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